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50 Book Challenge 2013 -The Sequel!

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CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 16-Jun-13 11:05:05

Morning all,

As the old thread here is nearly full, I have created a shiny new one for your delight and delectation.

Sign in and update your progress here!

I'm Cardiff and I've nearly finished book 16, so I'm very behind as to be in track we should be approaching 25 by now. Where is everyone else up to?

DuchessofMalfi Wed 19-Jun-13 13:50:51

I finished Book 56, Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. Loved it.

juneybean Wed 19-Jun-13 18:24:09

Duchess I got so confused looking at your list as it had the same books after each other like mine but then I realised it was you! grin

20. The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick

mixedmamameansbusiness Wed 19-Jun-13 21:35:05

Oh Juney how is that? I watched the film the other day and absolutely loved it.

MrsCosmopilite Wed 19-Jun-13 22:44:39

29 - The Sunne in Splendour. Really interesting from a historical perspective although recent exhumation has dispelled the broken shoulder/withered arm myth re Richard III. The only problem I had with this really was that it was SO long. And that everyone was called Richard, Edward or Elizabeth. I was finding it really hard to determine which Ned, Dickon or Bess was being spoken of at times.

30 - The Nanny Diaries: Nicola Kraus/Emma McLaughlin. Poignant and sad in places, ridiculously funny in others.

juneybean Thu 20-Jun-13 10:00:03

Mixed I enjoyed it but others on our online book club weren't huge fans! I too watched the movie (prior to reading gah!) and loved it!

DuchessofMalfi Thu 20-Jun-13 11:25:53

juneybean - it's me grin

mixed - I'm afraid I was one of the ones who didn't enjoy The Silver Linings Playbook either. I watched the film last weekend, and liked that much more. I think it's one of those stories that works well as a film but, for me, fell completely flat as a novel.

juneybean Thu 20-Jun-13 12:22:24

21. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

PerksOfBeingNorthern Thu 20-Jun-13 19:03:20

Ooh shiny new thread!
Only have to add 46) Sue Eckstein - Cloths of Heaven
Welcome back Nickname grin

mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 20-Jun-13 19:05:37

I might suggest it for book club on Monday.

I never get round to reading the Book Vipers reads, I will try harder.

BOF Thu 20-Jun-13 19:21:57

I lurked on the last one too. So far, I have read:

Home Fires, by Elizabeth Day
These Things Hidden, by Heather Gudenkauf
Dog Days, Glenn Miller Nights, by Laurie Graham
The Laws Of Gravity, by Liz Rosenberg
She Rises, by Kate Worsley
Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson
Finders Keepers
Darkside, both by Belinda Bauer
Queen Of New Beginnings, by Erica James
In her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner
Good in Bed, by Jennifer Weiner
The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton
Mrs Robinson's Disgrace, by Kate Summerscale
A Lady Cyclist's Guide To Kashgar
Human Remains, by Elizabeth Haynes
Capital, by John Lanchester
The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax, by Liz Jenson
The Lessons, by Naomi Alderman
War Crimes For The Home, by Liz Jenson
Missing You, by Louise Douglas
The Hundred Year-Old Man, by Jonas Jonasson
My Animals And Other Family, by Clare Balding
Safe House, by Chris Ewan
Looking Good Dead
Dead Simple, both by Peter James
The Language Of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbach
The White Devil, by Justin Evans
The Secret Keeper, by skate Morton
The Impossible Dead, by Ian Rankin
11.22.63, by Stephen King
Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier
Alys Always, by Harriet Lane
The Playdate, by Louise Millar
The Half-Life Of Hannah, by Nick Alexander
The House At Riverton, by Kate Morton
The Forgotten Garden, ditto

I think that's it since the new year, plus a few bashes at things I didn't get along with. Let me tot it up...36! Not too shabby.

juneybean Thu 20-Jun-13 23:39:33

22. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

ooh shiney <makes self comfy> grin

my list is downstairs so ill have to wait till tomorrow. will list them all again so i can just flip back. think im on book 22 but not too sure without looking.

ive come up with a good way for me to focus... i go to weight watchers every tuesday evening and ive decided i have to turn up with a different book each week. its working so far

well done to those that are near or over 50 already smile

tumbletumble Fri 21-Jun-13 06:40:22

23. Why French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman. I found this interesting and irritating in equal measures.

NicknameTaken Fri 21-Jun-13 09:16:22

<waves to perks>

12) Entertaining Eric, Maureen Wells.

Non-fic reprint of letters written by a young woman to her fiancee during WWII. She had a "good war" in the Wrens - interesting as social history, although I didn't entirely warm to the author (possibly just pique as she regards everyone over 25 as ancient).

mumslife Fri 21-Jun-13 13:15:59

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MegBusset Fri 21-Jun-13 15:58:23

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick. Not PKD's best (written in 1964 and his views on the future's technology seem terribly quaint, the psychological stuff is dated too) but still better than most other writers' best stuff!

Next up is Bleak House, at 900-odd pages I think it will take a while!

ok... my list so far...

1) twelve days of christmas - trisha ashley
2) where rainbows end - cecelia ahern
3) deja view - lisa armstrong
4) out on a limb - lynne barrett-lee
5) the hat shop on the corner - marita conlon-mckenna
6) when i fall in love - miranda dickinson
7) love always - harriet evans
8) dont look back - scott frost
9) something blue - emily griffen
10) naver say never - melissa hill
11) left to die - lisa jackson
12) mini shopaholic - sophie kinsella
13) cold shoulder - lynda la plante
14) the last letter from your love - jojo moyes
15) chosen to die - lisa jackson
16) the little one - lynda la plante
17) the beach hut - veronica henry
18) gone girl - gillian flynn
19) the shop on blossom street - debbie macomber
20) a good yarn - debbie macomber
21) old boyfriends - debbie macomber
22) back in blossom street - debbie macomber

a little behind on my target as gone girl took me 4 weeks to read as i absolutely hated the 2nd half... but im hoping to catch up soon

CoteDAzur Fri 21-Jun-13 21:49:27

MegBusset - I have read pretty much all of Philip K Dick's books (and he has written many) a long time ago, and still remember Martian Time-Slip as one of his best, a brilliantly brain-hurty book smile

juneybean Fri 21-Jun-13 23:49:44

23. Carrie by Stephen King

MegBusset Sat 22-Jun-13 12:31:01

Cote I'm slowly making my way through the PDK 'classics'. Have read Do Androids Dream..., Three Stigmata..., Man In The High Castle, Ubik, Valis, A Scanner Darkly and now Martian Time-Slip. What would you recommend next?

MegBusset Sat 22-Jun-13 12:31:25

PKD not PDK!

22 is done!

23) twenty wishes - debbie macomber

apologies for my poor taste in books! grin

CoteDAzur Sun 23-Jun-13 09:13:33

Meg - You have already read my favourites: A Scanner Darkly, Martian Time-Slip, Valis.

Have you started reading PKD's short story collections? They are pretty good, too. Minority Report and Total Recall ("We Can Remember It For You Wholesale") are among his short stories, for example.

CoteDAzur Sun 23-Jun-13 11:07:58

1. Mandarin Gate - Eliot Pattison
2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
3. Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng
4. Born to Run - Christopher McDougall
5. Poet - Michael Connelly
6. Existence - David Brin
7. The Power Of Now - Eckhart Tolle
8. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
9. The Quantity Theory Of Insanity - Will Self
10. A Matter Of Honor - Jeffrey Archer
11. Paranoia - Joseph Finder
12. World War Z - Max Brooks
13. Silk - Alessandro Baricco
14 - SuperEgo - Julia Wurz
15. Collected Short Stories Vol 1 - Somerset Maugham
16. Umbrella - Will Self
17. Inferno - Dan Brown
18. The Hidden Man - Charles Cumming

... and I just finished:
19. Destination: Void - Frank Herbert

Herbert is the author of the widely acclaimed Dune books. This is a book about the creation of artificial intelligence and talks extensively about what consciousness is, how/why it is generated, what purpose it serves, etc. I was quite impressed by it, especially considering that it was published in 1978!

MrsMaryCooper Sun 23-Jun-13 11:10:22

No 38 The Fairies of Fynham - MC Beaton Painless and light.

Now on

No39 Gods and Monsters - Denise Mina very gripping so far,

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